Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mary Poppins' Latest Position on CIRM Gala

On May 2, we reported that we had queried CIRM on the question of whether it would accept donations at the $1 million gala fundraiser from executives of biotech firms. The agency has responded and says it will accept funds from those executives. And it will not disclose their employer affiliation, although it is not clear whether that information is being gathered. We presume not, but perhaps we are wrong.

The agency has said it will disclose only the names of the donors, a position which pays mere lip service to the principle of disclosure. We are retracting our earlier assertion that Mary Poppins would approve of CIRM's feeble nod in the direction of good and open government. See "gala disclosure" for more on this. Sphere: Related Content

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